I regret a series of bad decisions today.
I ended up at TGI Fridays, and got an 8oz steak (butter topped), and 2 servings of sweet potato fries. Before you yell at me for the sides, let me explain that I have multiple areas of my small intestine that are extremely narrowed (from past crohn's scarring). Though I've been in remission for 20 years, and feeling great, I can't eat anything that doesn't fully dissolve into liquid before it reaches that point. That' means no nuts, salad, fiberous fruits or veggies. If at home, I can pressure cook carrots, cauliflower, butternut squash to a mush. When I'm out, it's usually not mushy enough for me to eat safely. If I screw up (and I have 4 times in the last 20 years), I end up in the emergency room with a partial small bowel obstruction. They put an NG tube down my nose, into my stomach and decompress the gut: a very unpleasant 2 day hospital stay.
Anyway, I didn't feel comfortable with with any of the side orders, so I went with the double fries.
Not surprisingly, I became tired after lunch, which was really bad because I had a 2 hour drive in the afternoon. Despite me having 5 squares of 85% dark choc, I was yawning and very tired. I finally resorted to a sugar free Monster Energy drink. All in all, an embarrassing sequence of events which left me feeling like a complete failure.
Now for my question:
What's up with the yawning?
I always thought that yawning was when your body wanted to send more oxygen to your brain? That didn't seem applicable to this situation.
I do know that if you eat a bunch of carbs, your body produces insulin, and sometimes too much, which will cause a blood sugar drop.
Shouldn't my dark chocolate have counteracted that?
And, from a blood sugar perspective, I guess the sugar-free energy drink wouldn't help either because it contained no sugar.
By the time I got home (4 hours after lunch, 2 hours after the last bit of chocolate, and probably about an hour after finishing the last bit of energy drink), I tested my blood sugar. (No, I'm not a diabetic, but my partner is, and I have access to a glucometer.)
My blood sugar was 79. (I don't regularly test, so I don't know if that's too low, or low enough to account for yawning, or even if yawning is related to low blood sugar).
Since I pretty much screwed up my day, I decided to finish up a green smoothie before going VLC tomorrow. I had the smoothie about an hour after dinner (4oz of dark chicken, 1oz butter, 1.5oz of bacon). Again: I was a YAWNING MACHINE! I took another blood sugar reading (about 30 minutes after the smoothie), and it was 111.
Is this yawning at all related to blood sugar?
Is it caused by the carbs (or the insulin response to it)??
What the heck is going on here?
5'10" Male, 188lbs (lost 10 of the 20 I'm trying to) in the last 3 months of going paleo.